PHASE-BACK SUCCESS STORY
Preethi Prasad, who was ES e-
S Ba named a partner in July at ST ck O RY management-consultant firm
A.T. Kearney, says coming back to work five years ago after the birth of her first child, Asha, was difficult. Her job usually involves traveling 80 percent of the time to meet with clients. For the first six months after Asha’s birth, she asked to handle local clients only, which helped. But when her second daughter, Anya, was born three months prematurely three years ago, the firm had started its Pathways for Parents program, which enables employees to work part time or have a reduced role after returning from leave. Bonus and salary are prorated. Preethi was able to take a full leave, and then ramp up to working her previous hours. She came back at 50 percent, then 80 percent, and then full time. After two months full time, she realized it was too much and went back to 80 percent for a few months. She then returned to full time a year ago.
“It doesn’t negatively impact our career progression. HR worked with me and gave me lots of support. I tend to overcommit myself, and they let me take my foot off the gas and be home a little more. With a premature baby, and another child at home, it makes all the difference,” she says.